ARC Review: American Royals – Katharine McGee

ARC Review: American Royals – Katharine McGee

This ARC was obtained during YallWest/BookCon (I got in line for the in-booth signing at BookCon in which I could get a free copy, but I already got one at YallWest.)


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Name: American Royals
Author: Katharine McGee
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Release Date: September 3, 2019

Synopsis

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. A future monarch and a backup battery. Each child knows exactly what is expected of them. But these aren’t just any royals. They’re American. And their country was born of rebellion.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.

The duty. The intrigue. The Crown. New York Times bestselling author Katharine McGee imagines an alternate version of the modern world, one where the glittering age of monarchies has not yet faded–and where love is still powerful enough to change the course of history.

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Book Review: The Towering Sky – Katharine McGee

I already recorded the vid ver. of this review and told my mom once on the phone about how amazing this book is -nutshelling TTS-

can’t believe its the final book in this goddamn amazing trilogy the feelz i cant


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Name: The Towering Sky
Author: Katharine McGee
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: August 28, 2018

Synopsis

Welcome back to New York, 2119. A skyscraper city, fueled by impossible dreams, where the lives of five teenagers have become intertwined in ways that no one could have imagined.

Leda just wants to move on from what happened in Dubai. Until a new investigation forces her to seek help—from the person she’s spent all year trying to forget.

Rylin is back in her old life, reunited with an old flame. But when she starts seeing Cord again, she finds herself torn: between two worlds, and two very different boys.

Calliope feels trapped, playing a long con that costs more than she bargained for. What happens when all her lies catch up with her?

Watt is still desperately in love with Leda. He’ll do anything to win her back—even dig up secrets that are better left buried.

And now that Avery is home from England—with a new boyfriend, Max—her life seems more picture-perfect than ever. So why does she feel like she would rather be anything but perfect?

In this breathtaking finale to The Thousandth Floor trilogy, Katharine McGee returns to her vision of 22nd-century New York: a world of startling glamour, dazzling technology, and unthinkable secrets. After all, when you have everything… you have everything to lose.

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Book Review: The Dazzling Heights – Katharine McGee

Ok I planned on leaving a chunk for Saturday so I wouldn’t have to sleep insanely late, but its 2am I’m writing up this review right now because this book is too good to forget, and I must have my thoughts fresh.


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Name: The Dazzling Heights
Author: Katharine McGee
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: August 29, 2017

Synopsis

All that glitters is not gold.

New York City, 2118. Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a breathtaking marvel that touches the sky. But amid high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, five teenagers are keeping dangerous secrets…

Leda is haunted by memories of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’ll do anything to make sure the truth stays hidden—even if it means trusting her enemy.

Watt just wants to put everything behind him…until Leda forces him to start hacking again. Will he do what it takes to be free of her for good?

When Rylin wins a scholarship to an upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being there also means seeing the boy whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.

Avery is tormented by her love for the one person in the world she can never have. She’s desperate to be with him…no matter the cost.

And then there’s Calliope, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who arrives in New York determined to cause a stir. And she knows exactly where to begin.

But unbeknownst to them all, someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. After all, in a world of such dazzling heights, just one wrong step can mean a devastating fall.


Book Cover Comments

Ok I never realised that this book is the “silver”. And after looking at it 500 times, I am absolutely mesmerised. I love how these two towers play a pretty big role in the book, and we actually get to visit these two towers. The meaning behind it is also pretty sick BUT ALSO SADDENING ARTOIJGDFR FEELS

Font is gorgeous as ever, and just that black tower………..
the secrets behind it…………..
its name…………..


The Review

“Fanaa.”
“It means destroying yourself for the one you love.”

Ok no I’m absolutely dead in fact I can’t even wait to do a BookTube review on The Dazzling Heights so I can go down the complete spoiler route, but I have two Video reviews overdue DX

“I dreamed that I lost you.”

There’s one clear proof to why I know I am so addicted to this book: during the two sittings that I finished this book over, I ignored the percentage I set myself to read per night, and just kept flipping the pages till I felt like stopping. That was today basically. I got past 66%, and then i was like “ok this is not enough I need more” and then i was like “ok guess what I’ll just finish the book 2am is nothing for me”——
SO HERE I AM!

She just hoped their love was enough to keep them safe.

WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN?
Can I just say that The Dazzling Heights is even worse than The Thousandth Floor? How everything is deeply entwined together and all the secrets, lies, relationships, everything? The web woven from the previous book is now filled with even more intricate detail and sophistication.

There was nowhere they could go that was safe.. Maybe love wasn’t enough after all. Not when every last obstacle was arrayed against you… When the entire world was keeping you apart.

The amount of suspense Katharine put into this book is unbearable, especially during the story arc at the end. The Dazzling Height’s ending actually matches The Thousandth Floor in terms of the general concept, mirroring roles (OMG MIRRORING ROLES MIRROR-CEPTION soz I’m dying here I know you can tell) and the final chapter’s results? But I like how it ended despite knowing what’s to come. That kept the suspense the entire time, making me wonder exactly who will die. (This was explained in Katharine’s “The Dazzling Heights Secrets” Vid)

“Live. With or without, here in New York or on the damned moon, I don’t care. Just live, and be happy, since I can’t. Promise me that.”

And then the god damn brewing romance. Some of you might know by now, but I have a very soft spot for romance. Not only did Katharine hit the right spot, she sent butterflies down my stomach into my belly, and basically ripped my heart out. IT WAS THAT BAD PEOPLE. I WAS NOT READY FOR ALL THE RELATIONSHIP EMOTIONAL TURMOIL AND BEAUTY LIKE HOLY HELL (I had six pink tabs for some sweet scenes I deemed worthy of tabbing)

“It’s killing her.”

During my review of The Thousandth Floor, because I saw it more as a drama book rather than the sci-fi, let’s spend this paragraph talking about the sci-fi aspects of it, since its a major chunk in the book as well!
I LOVE IT.
There are so many cool things that Katharine came up with, from this cool form of transportation in a small distance, to how other cities around the world function, as well as a lot of new cool technology that I won’t spoil you, cus I just want you to first hand experience it. I remember while reading the book, at one point I basically went :O
The technology introduced from the previous book is, of course still here, and is super super awesome, because we also have a super quantum computer hacking into systems and basically doing all the cool stuff. Yes, super quantum computer is a legend. ALSO THE 360 RECORDING DEVICE

For once, she didn’t really feel like admiring her own reflection.

Ok right now I’m listening to probably the perfect song for this book: Sweet Lies by EXO. Here’s a snippet of the translated lyrics:

Sometimes the truth
Hurts more than lies
We’re scared of getting hurt
We turn away from the truth

I don’t wanna hurt you either
So bitter
This is the only way we can be
No matter what I do
So again I
Do it again because I have no choice

So I tell her sweet lies, sweet lies, sweet lies
The sweetest lie in the world
I tell her sweet lies, sweet lies
If this is what you want, I’ll give it all to you

And the song’s slow and heavy mood is basically the perfect song for a book full of drama. I swear I’m still dying internally right now. I basically told my mom: “OK MOM ABSOLUTE SILENCE BECAUSE KATHARINE’S BOOKS ARE TOO MUCH TO HANDLE”.
So just like last review, I’m going to talk a bit about the individual characters as well, and then I’ll wrap up otherwise this review is getting too long.

And then there was nothing more.

Leda started off crazy. She was basically off the charts. It is because of what happened in book 1 that basically led to her current breakdown, but as she starts to untangle the knots that she and the others have created in her life, what will her path lead down to? And light spoilers, but Leda has a brewing relationship, and despite all oddities of the relationship, I totally ship it. Leda’s path in this book was full of healing and untangling, and I end up just loving her so much.

He might set himself free—or he might destroy life as he knew it.

Watt is firstly, simply a child that needs to learn about the real world and stop relying on super computers. Yes. Secondly, he totally killed me. The first intentions of some of the actions Watt chose to do, and how those developed later, and how friendships were brought together and then a whole super bunch of stuff developed… I love how Katharine adds a tone of humor between Watt and Nadia, and I love how these two partner in crime is basically the bloodhound that sniffs out all the puzzle pieces together. Btw I also love Watt as a character. I love the choices he made.

Gods I’m hungry (TIMESTAMP: 09/23/2017 2:22AM)

Rylin needs to get her crap together and go for the boy in which they broke each other’s heart. These two are like absolute baes that I want to see together again, and of course Katharine needs to add a little bit more drama at the end…. BACK ON THE MAIN TRACK! Super cool how Rylin got sent to a high-class school. Rylin learns something about herself that she never knew, and also a bit of that self realisation and acceptance that the levels of the Tower don’t define who she is. Rylin got super awesome near the end of the book when she and Leda’s relationship started thickening!

How strangely the world worked sometimes, that the two of them were off to find risotto together, forming a bizarre sort of truce under the soft, glittered sky.

AVERY IS MY ULTIMATE GIRL AND BAE THAT KILLED ME. I PERSONALLY LOVE AVERY’S PERSPECTIVE THE BEST SIMPLY BECAUSE I WILL DIE FOR ROMANCE. LIKE I’M CONSTANTLY DYING WHENEVER AVERY IS DYING, SEEING HER RELATIONSHIP WITH HER LOVED ONE GETTING MORE AND MORE TANGLED AND COMPLICATED. AS AVERY BEGINS TO SORT OUT THE FUTURE AND LOOK TO WHERE THE THREAD ENDS, AS THE RELATIONSHIP SENDS BUTTERFLIES DOWN MY STOMACH!?!?!?!?! I still feel sorry for Avery though. Its also because of who she is, the girl on the Thousandth Floor, that gave her a lot of restrictions and perceptions from the others. BUT EITHER WAY I LOVE AVERY AND I JUST WANNA GO COMFORT HER HELLO

Except this was the only way it could be.

Calliope. OH WOW. I did not expect to like her in the end. From the synopsis, you can obviously deduce that Calliope will be the one to stir up some drama. Ok she basically did but that’s only with one perspective, but Calliope’s background is real complicated… that’s when I started falling for her. When Calliope’s time spent in New York began to change the person who she was, when her time spent in New York made her rethink on her past.. a path of realisation.. But hey I still hate her for causing drama #SorryNotSorry

She couldn’t wait to find out what she, as a New Yorker, was really like.

The Dazzling Heights never lets you off the hook on the rollercoaster of self destruction. Until the very last moment…
Until more secrets have been revealed…
Until the spiderweb is more complicated than ever…
Until all that glitters is not gold.

100th POST! How I met Katharine McGee

It is my 100th Post on my book blog, and we are celebrating with a little bit of a fun one!

so as I said I’m not doing much August reading because the concept of school and school work and essays is still freaking me out, so lets do some non-book review posts to let you readers enjoy a little something something from me.


Who is Katharine McGee?

Katharine McGeeKatharine McGee is the author of the New York Times bestselling Thousandth Floor series. She studied English and French literature at Princeton University and has an MBA from Stanford. It was during her years in New York, working as an editor by day and writing by night, that she began a manuscript about life in a futuristic skyscraper.

Check out her website at www.katharinemcgee.com

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The Story

It was on a not-so-wonderful-day in May where I had a one or so extra hours in the morning before my friend comes over to the clubhouse for our so called mathematics and biology revision, so I was swimming. Yes, the pool only had oldies, so to be less bored and awkward, I kept checking my fan from time to time.

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While scrolling through instagram stories during the carpool with my dad to the clubhouse, (he was going to work and I was going to the clubhouse of course) I saw this really familiar looking background in Katharine’s story that basically looks like Hong Kong’s typical “tea restaurant”, but I wasn’t sure because I knew Katharine was JUST in Japan. When I started swimming and I got distracted from swimming and went to check the Instagram stories again, I saw a short video of Katharine at Tamar Park, a park in Central on Hong Kong Island!

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So then I started trying to text Katharine about it, and that I knew she was in Hong Kong, and so we began planning our meet up over instagram if it was possible!

My friends thought I was being nuts and crazy trying to stalk where Katharine was throughout the day and the next day. Ok fine I probably was, but I’m not missing a chance when one of my absolute favourite authors is in my hometown. Authors barely come to Hong Kong, they just won’t even do Asia tours here. The market is wayyy too small.

So I continued spending the day with my friend revising, and the next day, DAY ONE OF EXAMS. GREAT. Totally. I didn’t care about it. Because I only had one objective that was constant in my mind before the actual tests and after the actual tests:

MEET KATHARINE!

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We continued communicating and found out that she was in Central at The Landmark (a building owned by the company my dad used to work for. Well now he works for the company that owns that company) Katharine said that she was eating in one of the cafes, so I actually did try my best to scrounge through the four floors of this building that I knew pretty well to find her. Actually she was in one of the cafes, but I was in mildly of a hurry that I basically walked past the restaurant she was in and continued my search for another hour or more or so? I even tried to walk around the other buildings connected to The Landmark, and even got onto the streets to look. Yea that was a stupid move but hey, I’m desperate.

So after a round of fruitless search, I decided to head home when Katharine found wifi and texted me about how she’s returning to her staying quarters. It was a bit of a let down, but I mean, its life.

Later on at night near dinner time, Katharine texted me about how she will be heading to Tsim Tsa Tsui for awhile to look around, and I knew immediately that it was now or never. So I called my mom (which was probably the worse decision I made) to carpool me to Tsim Tsa Tsui so I could meet up with Katharine. Mom began with speaking nonsense in the car and I honestly regretted asking her to come with me.

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Mom: It’s great you brought me, its safer when you’re meeting strangers like this.
Me: #triggered

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Mom decided to end up helping me to look out for Katharine coming from the Star Ferry that she took from the other side of the harbor between the peninsula and the island of Hong Kong, and managed to spot her. So thats how we found each other in the city of Hong Kong.

We ended up hanging out for 45 minutes or so with my mom actually being nosey and coming in to come chat even though I wanted Katharine and her adorable hubby, Alex, for myself-

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Snippet of what happened after we met:
Mom: Its good I came along because your interpersonal skills won’t be able to handle a good conversation with the both of them
Me: #doubletriggered #tripletriggered #amnjefghknesdliosferw294t38u)*U(Y&^%#^&Q

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yes for myself. Ahem. Continuing on.

We mainly talked about Hong Kong, not so much about The Thousandth Floor, some general chit chat and general topics, how I found out about Katharine’s story, and we indeed managed to chat for quite some time!

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We chatted for a little longer after we took so photos, and since my mom was starving and Katharine and Alex has a dinner appointment with Alex’s previous colleagues (yes, he has worked in Hong Kong for a while in the past!) We parted our ways, and I ended my tragic exam day with a happy memory from Katharine.
Other than the fact that mom bombed my date with Katharine and Alex, I really couldn’t ask for anything more. Thank you Katharine for taking the time out to hang out with me in my hometown, and I hope to be able to see you in the future if I ever come to America again! (VERY SOON! I’M COMING TO BOOK CON 2017777 YAASSSS)

Book Review: The Thousandth Floor – Katharine McGee

After the Empire of Storms hangover, this is the LARGEST hangover I’ve had. The largest hangover. I’ve had. Actually. I haven’t been reading any YA for the past half of a week. I’ve been only watching Gilmore Girls and reading manga.


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Name: The Thousandth Floor
Author: Katharine McGee
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: August 30, 2016

Synopsis

NEW YORK CITY AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.

A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?

WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….


Book Cover Comments

How gorgeous is this? Well I don’t know! It’s magnificent! Like, Gold on Black. That’s such a good colour match oh my god. And I’m really glad that the cover for the hardback jacket and paperback is the same, so all the engraved words are there, as well as the shininess.

The words are popped out and have this gold bronze like gradient, plus it’s in cursive, so it’s so pretty. I cannot stop praising the beautiful design of the building, and I super super love the fact that it fades into nothing. The spine is even more sick, because it’s the building, except that it’s shiny and somewhat reflective!!!


The Review

You people do not know how I’m dying over this book to the point that I literally cannot start And I Darken. Or maybe it’s just me who doesn’t feel like reading And I Darken. Maybe I’m gonna try to start on something else.

So it’s been 6 days since I haven’t read a YA novel and I think it’s an issue.

I know people say that “Oh it’s futuristic gossip girl I’m over that kind of thing and that plot with the overly complicated web”. WEll I’m not. In fact don’t hate on me but I haven’t read Gossip Girl so I know what it is but not the actual content. But I seriously found this book absolutely absolutely amazing.

“The higher you are, the farther you fall.”

It is completely up to you if you want to take that metaphorically or literally, because this phrase is something that will be popping up in your mind throughout the book.

At first I was a little bit lost mainly due to the fact that there are 5 characters on and running at the same time, but later on when one or two people start crossing each other’s ways, everything becomes much more interesting (yes i know this sounds cliche for this kinda novel). There comes all the plot and the beef and the secrets lurking behind the tongues of people, and holy crap, the romance in this novel.

“Sometimes love and chaos are the same thing.”

There are really mixed feelings about how the main couple turned out in the end and the fact that they were together in the very first place, because it is well, somewhat not something that every single person would be looking for? But I found it absolutely beautiful, I couldn’t stop reading the scenes they spent their time together over and over and over again until I could stop (which was like never), and I really appreciate Katharine writing about this type of couple that’s really rare in society, and I believe that in someway, it is also something that our modern society should learn to accept. (really. especially Asian culture.)

“If you aren’t sure, then you definitely aren’t in love.”

Other matches will eventually go on in this book, and it’s expression of diversity is something that I really appreciate. I also really like how New York is squished into one whole building. It just makes things really interesting, and putting it in a futuristic context just gets our minds to imagine more about the future.

The building up climaxes then return to the prologue in the book (btw you can check out the first four chapters in EpicReads), as the main timeline occurs 2 months prior to the prologue, and holy moly that ending was just mind-blowing and devastating. I knew immediately that I needed book 2, and I went to find my mom and told her the entire plot in 30 minutes.


Onto character talks! I won’t be talking about anyone besides the main character, because that would be such a giveaway of what goes on.

LEDA. Oh my goodness. I never expected her build up, plot wise and character wise to be so strong, it really blasted that ending and gave it a grand finale, in a really interesting way of course, and I didn’t even really see that coming either. She is indeed a character who would do anything for things to go her way, but at the same time, she’s going through some difficult times, and so I feel sorry for her, because she is gravely affected by her environments.

ERIS goes through another type of hardship than Leda, and at first, she displays that kind of spoiled brat behaviour (yea. the monarchy princesses, mocking the high society. jkjk) I really like this part near the ending where Eris goes to do something really meaningful and sweet, and that part really showed me that she changed. All I really wanna do is give her a big hug.

RYLIN changed so much because of other people she met, and she started to change some of her old behaviours. And I really love the fact that she cares so much for her sister and her family. It’s really sweet of her to go all out to do what she can. And Rylin is the character where I really connect to one of Katharine’s interviews, as Katharine really loved Paris and also cares so much about her sister ;) (those of u who’ve read it, you get the Paris reference)

WATT the computer genius. So this is really light spoilers, but Watt has this supercomputer that’s constantly telling him what’s going on, basically Watt’s Brain the II. Though some people might think “oh wow that’s a convenient thing to go on, having an encyclopedia in your mind”, but I find it really sad. Watt has to rely on the supercomputer a lot of the times to make the right move, but when he decides to temporarily turn it off, he will revert back to a person who lost all that power of knowledge, but at the same time, the power of knowledge is a huge burden, as knowing the truth doesn’t always give you an uphand. (ending spoilers *********************)

AVERY. AVERY FULLER. MY DEAR, SWEETHEART AVERY. Now I haven’t done any research on other people’s names, but I know that Avery has something to do with birds, and that really ties into her intro paragraph.

“The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.”

When I read that paragraph, I could imagine her looking out the windows of the thousandth floor, looking down at the city in sadness, because of something that she couldn’t have. I knew she was locked up in her birdcage, unable to be free because of the expectations set on her.

Her biggest Secret was standing right there before her. She just hoped he wasn’t also her Biggest Mistake.

I actually predicted that one thing she couldn’t have, as in the general topic, but I never expected her route to wind down that way. But in my opinion, it’s completely perfect and absolutely satisfying and oh my gosh. Five hundred more words to describe this and it wouldn’t be enough.

“Up here on the roof, so close to the stars, she felt young and alive and hateful.”

People always see Avery as the symbol of perfection, but at the same time she loathes being that symbol, because it is also a big burden and a stress, where everyone sees that outer shell of you, but all you really want is to relax and live like a normal person.

Now, I don’t want to spoil you so I’ll have to stop talking about Avery. I crie.


And when the path of the five merges into one line,
In between the web of lies,
Is where the Thousandth Floor lies.